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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. (Recent Books).

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War IL Vol. 1, The Battle of the Atlantic: September 1939--May 1943; Vol. 2, Operations in North African Waters: October 1942-1943; Vol. 3, The Rising Sun in the Pacific: 1931-1942; Vol. 4, Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions: May 1942--August 1942; Vol. 5, The Struggle for Guadalcanal: August 1942--February 1943; Vol. 6, Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier: 22 July 1942--1 May 1944. Boston: Little, Brown, 1948; repr. Urbana, Ill., and Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001. 411pp. $24.95 (vol. 1); 297pp. $24.95 (vol. 2); 434pp. $25.95 (vol. 3); 305pp. $22.95 (vol. 4); 389pp. $24.95 (vol. 5); 463pp. $24.95 (vol. 6)

That is an exceedingly long heading, but this is one of those works for which not much more is necessary. Here are facsimile paperback reprints of the first six volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's invaluable, irreplaceable, fifteen-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Knock-off hardcover sets can be had (check on-line), if one's purpose is simply to put a row of handsome bindings on the shelf; these are handy, attractive, and sturdy trade paperbacks meant for people who will actually read them. Presumably--as appears from the publisher's Website--the other nine volumes are forthcoming.
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